The Redesigned Eclipse Cross Is on Its Way to Hampton Mitsubishi

Recently, Mitsubishi Motors released a preview of its redesigned Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the very popular compact crossover SUV. We at Hampton Mitsubishi are excited to have it in stock soon and want to share a preview of it with you.

The new direction of the 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a reflection of Mitsubishi’s prioritization of modern, intelligent, and efficient designs.

The crossover SUV sports many changes you’re sure to like. Rear visibility is improved thanks to a redesigned hatch and rear window shape. The sleek front end is influenced by the brand’s Dynamic Shield design style, merging allure with function. Interior updates include a new infotainment center with a detailed 8-inch screen with smartphone-link capability.

A Eclipse Cross PHEV model will be launching also, which uses electric recharging to let you drive short distances on electricity only before switching to gasoline. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV can help stretch your dollar so you can save money at the pump.

If you live and commute in Lafayette, Louisiana, the new Eclipse Cross is worth test-driving. Hampton Mitsubishi will soon have the compact crossover SUV, which is built to incorporate coupe-like qualities. The new Eclipse Cross is expected to arrive here in the first three months of 2021.

Mitsubishi Announces New MiGEAR Merchandise Collection

Back in August of this year, Mitsubishi announced their new MiGEAR merchandise collection. This extensive collection of over 60 items for both men and women celebrates 40 years of Mitsubishi in the United States.

“Our new MiGEAR collection is an extension of the brand, allowing fans to express their individuality and proudly proclaim their enthusiasm for Mitsubishi, whether they’re behind the wheel or not,” said the vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America aftersales, Scott Smith.

You can find items like shirts, hats, outerwear, sweatshirts, water bottles, bags, and more in the new Mitsubishi merchandise line. Some of these items feature the designs of legacy vehicles from Mitsubishi motorsports, including the Lancer Evolution sedan. The legendary car won a record-breaking four FIA World Rally Championship titles in a row, as well as 12 Dakar Rally events.

Two unique designs that can be found on MiGEAR graphic tees come courtesy of Californian social practice artist Dino Perez. The tees feature the Mitsubishi Outlander taking on untamed nature, drawn in Perez’s distinctive style.

If you’ve ever wanted to proudly show off the three-diamond logo of Mitsubishi, now’s the perfect time. Get your official licensed gear right here at Hampton Mitsubishi in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Fall Events near Lafayette, Louisiana

Fall is upon us, which means fun activities and events for the whole family are only a short drive through Lafayette, Louisiana, or a computer screen away. From your friends at Hampton Mitsubishi, here are a few such events to look forward to.

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles October 9-11

When the celebrated Festivals Acadiens et Créoles takes place this October, it will be a bit different than it usually is. To ensure the safety of all participants, the festival will be virtual this year. For Lafayette residents looking to get a taste of genuine Cajun and Creole culture, the Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is the place to be.

South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff October 30-31

Celebrate Halloween with a Louisiana flair during the South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff in Vermillionville. Instead of candy, you can enjoy a wide array of the tastiest Cajun food around, with contests to determine the best example of each signature dish.

Southern Screen November 12-15

This Louisiana film festival may be operating a bit differently this year, but the team that makes the Southern Screen event possible has assured patrons that the show will go on in some capacity, with specialized seminars and workshops. Movie buffs and fans of unique entertainment will want to check this event out.

Here at Hampton Mitsubishi, we hope that you and your crew find the time to enjoy some of these lovely fall events this year.

The Best Accessories for Your 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

Your Mitsubishi Mirage is already a fun vehicle to drive, but adding some of these optional accessories could make it even more enjoyable. From organization to entertainment, here is a list of accessories that truly sweeten the deal.

Staying neat and organized

Things can pile up in a vehicle, so Mitsubishi offers several items to organize groceries, toys, electronics, and more. Cargo nets keep small items from rolling around in the back, and a soft-sided cargo management system helps keep shopping or luggage separate and contained. Cargo mats keep the carpeting and the back area neat and clean.

On the outside

Roof racks and carriers are available to add even more cargo options to your Mitsubishi Mirage. Large items like tents, canopies, canoes, or kayaks can be secured to the roof, freeing up space inside. Different types of racks and carriers can be ordered for bikes, too.

Enjoy your commute

You can order a remote engine starter for your Mitsubishi Mirage so you can slide into cool comfort before you leave for work.  A console arm rest gives you a comfortable place to put your elbow during your long drive. A Rockford Fosgate® Premium Audio System can be added with additional dual subwoofers and an amplifier to increase your audio experience.

Test drive the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage at Hampton Mitsubishi today, and let us know what accessories you’d most enjoy adding to your new ride.

Learning About the History of Mitsubishi in America

On the cusp of celebrating the nation’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at the history of Mitsubishi in America. From the introduction of the Model-A — the first mass-production car in Japan — Mitsubishi was destined to arrive in the United States. Fifty-five years after the Model-A made its debut, Mitsubishi unleashed a trio of exciting new cars stateside, kicking off a legacy that’s held strong for nearly 40 years.

Entering the American market

In 1982, Mitsubishi finally came to America and launched the Tredia, Cordia, and Starion to a public hungry for dynamic, fun-to-drive cars. With their low prices and sporty looks, the initial allocation was popular enough to pave the way for the launch of the Mighty Max pickup.

By the start of the 1990s, Mitsubishi Motors North America was expanding rapidly. With nationwide advertising, strong sales, and more dealers across the country, Mitsubishi was the fastest-growing brand in America for much of the decade. Owing to that success were hot vehicles that were big hits with drivers and critics, like the iconic 3000GT, Eclipse, and Lancer.

Expanding Model Lineup

In 2003, Mitsubishi changed the game again with the debut of its All-Wheel-Control-equipped Lancer Evolution, which was super popular with enthusiasts for its all-too-brief existence. The 2000s also saw the launch of stalwarts like the Outlander, which remains one of the most popular vehicles in the Mitsubishi lineup today.

Growing a Legacy

Over the last 10 years, Mitsubishi has only continued to grow its legacy. With vehicles like the Mirage and Mirage G4, the brand has become a favorite with customers who want new-car value at a lower price. The best-selling Outlander PHEV has put Mitsubishi at the forefront of the green revolution as well, offering incredible 4×4 capability and exceptional driving range.

The history of Mitsubishi in America is a book that’s far from closed. There’s more innovation on the horizon, and you’ll find the result of it — as well as the fruits of the past and present — in-stock right here at Hampton Mitsubishi in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Mitsubishi Produces Face Masks to Combat COVID-19

The Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 infections. Starting in late April, they started producing about 1,500 face shields per month to donate to medical institutions in Japan.

The city of Ozaki was one of the first beneficiaries of this face shield initiative. MMC has also begun producing face shields for a hospital in Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture, and are currently planning to ramp up production across the country.

Of course, MMC’s COVID-19 precautions aren’t limited to just overseas. They are also ensuring that their dealerships in the United States are taking extra safety precautions to protect each and every customer. Hampton Mitsubishi in Lafayette, Louisiana, is one such dealership, and we are continuing to take the necessary steps to stop the spread.

On top of limiting person-to-person contact at the dealership during transactions when possible, Hampton Mitsubishi is making sure they keep their dealership sanitized by regularly cleaning high-traffic areas and surfaces like counters, doorknobs, and pens. They even sanitize each vehicle after a test drive.

Since handwashing is so important to stop the spread of COVID-19, the dealership offers hand sanitizer to customers, as well as access to traditional hand-washing facilities. That way if customers can’t avoid contact with surfaces, they are able to stay safe in the dealership.

For more information on how the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is protecting you from COVID-19, contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi today.

Mitsubishi’s J.D. Power Rankings Continue to Rise

When searching for a new family automobile, it’s important to conduct as much research as possible. This will help to ensure that you end up with a vehicle that will serve you and your loved ones well for many years to come. According to a recent study conducted by J.D. Power, Mitsubishi customers are happier than ever when they come to service their vehicles.

J.D. Power’s 2020 Customer Service Index Study evaluated the experiences of customers who visited service departments at Mitsubishi dealerships across the United States. Customers were questioned about the quality of their advisor, the facility, pick-up, initiation, and the overall service experience.

Thanks to a tremendous initiative to improve customer experiences, Mitsubishi Motors saw a 20-point jump in the ratings of their facilities from 2019. Almost half of the customers surveyed by J.D. Power gave dealership service facilities a perfect 10 out of 10 points. Overall, Mitsubishi has seen a 61-point CSI score increase in the past five years.

Mitsubishi’s strong Customer Service Index Study performance resulted in the automaker being honored with J.D. Power’s first place Fixed Right First Time designation. Your family’s time is precious, which is why Mitsubishi does everything possible to ensure your vehicle’s repairs are completed correctly the first time.

If your family wants to join the leagues of Mitsubishi’s thousands of satisfied customers, contact Hampton Mitsubishi for more information today.

The Best Nature Trails Near Lafayette

The nature trails near Lafayette, Louisiana, showcase the biodiversity which makes southern Louisiana one of the most captivating areas of our country. These nature trails will surely provide you and your family with plenty of outdoor fun and peace of mind. From your friends at Hampton Mitsubishi, here’s a list of the best nature trails near Lafayette.

Acadiana Park Nature Station

This 150-acre wooded section of Acadiana Park has six miles of trails for you to enjoy. The trails sit at the intersection of two major ecosystems: the Gulf Coastal Tallgrass Prairie and the Mississippi River Floodplain. Look for over two dozen species of vines, over 150 species of birds, and more than a dozen species of non-venomous snakes.

The Acadiana Nature Station Loop and the Moonseed Loop are the two most popular walking options in Acadiana Park; try the 1.8-mile Acadiana Loop for a walk along the river, or opt for the Moonseed Loop for a 2.2-mile hike in the thick of the park.

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Beaver Park

Beaver Park’s proximity to the Vermillion River, Spreafico Lake, the Bayou Vermillion Nature Trail, and the Atakapas Ishak Trail gives you many options for walking and sightseeing. Be sure to look out for bird nests, beaver dams, and deer paths as you make your way through your trail of choice.

Heymann Park

If your family is particularly energetic, taking them to Heymann Park is the way to go. Head out for a short jaunt through the multi-purpose trail on the north side of the Vermillion River, and see if you can spot the fish and frogs that call the river home.

If you’re in need of a ride for your next outdoor adventure, contact Hampton Mitsubishi today!

Fun Family Activities in Lafayette, LA

Lafayette, Louisiana, is a great place the whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re a resident or are just visiting, there’s no shortage of fun family activities in Lafayette, whether you’re looking for a weekend night out or something educational. From your friends at Hampton Mitsubishi, here are a few of our local favorites.

Children’s Museum of Acadiana

While Lafayette certainly isn’t short of museums or historic buildings, children learn best by being actively engaged. The Children’s Museum of Acadiana provides hands-on participation so families can have fun – and learn – together.

Rock‘n’Bowl

Does your family like to go bowling? Whether you’re showing off your skills on the venue’s 16 lanes, enjoying live music, eating in the restaurant, or having a drink with friends, Rock‘n’Bowl de Lafayette is a unique bowling experience.

Vermillionville Historic Village

The outdoor living history museum of Vermillionville is a 23-acre village called a “folk life park.” The Vermillionville Historic Village is populated by artisans and reenactors in authentic costumes from the 1700s, depicting traditional Acadian, Creole, and Native American cultures.

Lafayette Science Museum

History isn’t the only educational experience Lafayette has to offer. The local science museum features a digital planetarium that lets you get a better view of the cosmos, and other exhibits cover everything from biology to paleontology.

Need a ride to your next adventure in Lafayette? Head to Hampton Mitsubishi for great prices on a new family hauler today like the popular Outlander Sport.

The Mitsubishi Outlander’s S-AWC ECO Driving Mode

The versatile Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a wide range of technologies to improve driving, including the latest infotainment, safety, and performance innovations. For instance, there’s a smart S-AWC ECO Driving Mode, which optimizes efficiency without sacrificing off-road capability.

The Outlander S-AWC ECO Driving Mode uses sensors and computer systems to monitor wheel spin, only applying four-wheel drive when wheel slippage is detected. That means you get the benefit of all-wheel control only when you need it, conserving gas so you’re not stopping for refills as often.

“We created the S-AWC technology with the goal of realizing ‘predictable handling’ and ‘high margin of performance’ at a very high level,” explains Mitsubishi in a press release. In addition to the ECO mode, there’s also Normal, Snow, and Lock modes. Snow is great for slippery surfaces, while the Lock mode lets you stay in 4WD the entire time you’re behind the wheel.

The S-AWC is an Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System, as it features advanced technologies to manage driving dynamics, braking, and power based on road conditions. This feature utilizes sub-systems like Active Yaw Control, which can control the brakes and steering to regulate torque.

Be sure to visit Hampton Mitsubishi for an up-close and in-person look at the Outlander’s AWC ECO Driving Mode today.